Upcoming Events & Announcements
In accordance with city-wide policy regarding the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Holyoke Council on Aging & Senior Center will be closed until further notice. The office will be partially staffed from 8am to 2pm, Monday through Friday. Outside of these hours, feel free to leave a phone message and a COA staff member will return your call as soon as possible. There are still a variety of services available including:
Take a look at our most current newsletter to see what's on the horizon.
Cuidadores Unidos – Caregiver’s Support Group for Spanish Speakers
The first Wednesday of every month at 5 pm;
Guided by compassion, equality, and empathy, this support group has created a safe and respectful space for the Spanish speaking community of caregivers in the area to openly express themselves. Caring for others can be a taxing experience, and Cuidadores Unidos offers an opportunity to be supported emotionally by other caregivers in similar positions. Please email Eileen at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive information about virtual meetings.
Rainbow Supper Club
Currently virtual and every Wednesday at 5pm.
Email email@example.com for Zoom info
During this time, one of the things most needed is connection. The Rainbow Supper Club is proud to offer weekly gatherings to bring our community of LGBTQ+ seniors together! These meetings are open to LGBTQ+ seniors and their partners. WestMassElderCare encourages those who are new to the club to connect prior to RSVPing to learn more about the RSC and WMEC. After you RSVP, you’ll receive a link/phone number that you can use to participate in these weekly gatherings. Meetings will open via Zoom and phone at 5-m. Need technical assistance? Join at 4:30pm.
Brown Bag is distributed on the 4th Tuesday of every month between 2:15 and 3:15 pm. If you’re driving, please pull up to the front door. If you’re walking, know there will be social distancing measures in place.
You can bring any prescription, non-prescription, vitamins, veterinary meds, etc. to the Medreturn Boxes at Police Departments in Holyoke, as well as Agawam, Chicopee, East Longmeadow, Hampden, Longmeadow, Ludlow, Monson, Palmer, Southwick, West Springfield, Westfield, and Wilbraham, or at the Hampden County House of Correction in Ludlow and Chicopee.
These boxes do not accept needles or syringes, however, there is a drop box at the Senior Center for this purpose.
Updates on ABC40, Fox6, WWLP-22, and WHYN
We’ve had questions about how one might know that we are closed due to weather conditions. While the Senior Center is definitely closed each time Holyoke’s City Hall closes, it is not necessarily closed every time the schools close. It’s a good indication, but to be certain you should watch local TV and radio stations for updates. When we close, all meals, rides, and programs are canceled for the day, but we will do our best to reschedule.